Who are the Half Century Trojans?

Half Century Trojans are a vibrant community that includes all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree alumni) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations.

The organization offers all senior USC alumni a variety of programs designed to stimulate university-related interest, participation and engagement. Annual signature events include Going Back to College Day in the winter and the Half Century Trojans Luncheon in the fall.

In the interest of protecting our community, the USC Alumni Association will continue to follow all directives from the University, and local and federal government. Therefore, as the 2020 USC Commencement in-person activities will not take place this year, the annual USC Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession will be cancelled as well. We look forward to happier, safer times when we can gather together again to celebrate the resilience of our Trojan Family. Until then, be well, take care of each other and Fight On!

USC Half Century Trojans Salute Dr. Art Bartner

Each fall, the Half Century Trojans highlight individuals who exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact in their particular fields. This year, on October 28, we will feature a very special guest, Dr. Art Bartner, director of the USC “Spirit of Troy” Trojan Marching Band. Enjoy a glimpse into Trojan history as Dr. Bartner reflects on his 50 years transforming a novice music program into the greatest marching band in the universe! This is an exclusive and virtual event, but register today as space is limited.

Click here to register!

Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

On February 6, Half Century Trojans returned to campus for the day to relive their college experience, reconnect with former classmates and rekindle the Trojan Spirit. Attendees enjoyed presentations from top USC faculty on a wide range of topics, including the science of happiness, human emotion in artificial intelligence and the stem cell revolution.

Check out the photo album from a day to remember on our Flickr page!


2020 Going Back to College Day Schedule

Check-In / Breakfast 


Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08
Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations

Workshops | Tutor Campus Center


The Science of Happiness
John Monterosso
Associate professor of psychology; faculty member, Brain and Creativity Institute; director, Addiction & Self-Control Lab: deputy director, neuroscience undergraduate program, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


The Stem Cell Revolution: Future Therapies for Bones Diseases
Amy Merrill PhD ’05
Associate professor of biomedical sciences, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and Keck School of Medicine of USC; faculty member, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Sustainability, Climate Change and the Oceans of Tomorrow
David Hutchins
Professor of biological sciences, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Fact or Fiction: Human Emotion in Artificial Intelligence
Jonathan Gratch
Research professor of computer science and psychology, USC Viterbi School of Engineering; director for virtual humans research, USC Institute of Creative Technologies; co-director, USC Computational Emotion Group


Denise Kwok MS ’02, PhD ’04
Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services

 Optional After-School Campus Walking Tour 

Tour the new Iovine and Young Hall, home of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Wear comfortable shoes!

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

In the interest of protecting our community, the USC Alumni Association will continue to follow all directives from the University, and local and federal government. Therefore, as the 2020 USC Commencement in-person activities will not take place this year, the annual USC Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession will be cancelled as well. We look forward to happier, safer times when we can gather together again to celebrate the resilience of our Trojan Family. Until then, be well, take care of each other and Fight On!

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from the 2019 Commencement Procession.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2019

On November 13, the USC Alumni Association recognized five remarkable individuals, each of whom exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and who have had a significant impact on the fields of business, medicine, architecture and art, respectively. We also presented the Distinguished Service Award to a dedicated Half Century Trojans board member Jim Childs ’61.

Please enjoy the event photos here.  Thank you for attending and showing your support.

2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

Byron “Red” Cavaney  ’64

Retired and Immediate Past Chairman, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

John House ’64, MD ’67

President of the House Research Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC


David C. Martin ’66

Design Principal of Los Angeles-based firm A.C. Martin Partners


Faith Zink Porter ’64, MA ’66

Member, USC School of Fine Arts Board of Councilors

2019 Distinguished Service Award


Jim Childs ’61

Past President, Half Century Trojans

Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors for their incredible support!


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The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.


The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.


The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.



Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106



The USCAA Half Century Trojans Scholarships began in Fall 1998 with an award of $2500 to one freshman student. Today we award $10,000 to each scholarship student per year. This year we have 22 undergraduate students each having a relative who graduated from USC at least 50 years ago.

Over the past 22 years HCT has been able to provide scholarship assistance to 113 very worthy students. The Scholarship program is funded by 7 trust funds plus yearly gifts from individuals.

The USC Half Century Trojans appreciate the leadership of dedicated members who have served as Scholarship Chair over the past 22 years. Departed Trojan Wes Rollo ’40 began the Scholarship program in 1998 with one student scholar and was able to increase the funding to support 3 scholarships when he retired in 2003. W. Terry Pearson ’53, MS ’63 assumed the chairmanship in 2003. He persuaded a friend, who already had a family trust fund with the University, to contribute $1.5 million to the HCT Scholarship fund. The Committee was then able to raise the annual scholarship award to $5000 and then to $10,000 per year. Sue Corwin Schaar ’56 assumed the chairmanship in 2012 and held it until Hugh Helm ’56, JD ’69 succeeded her in 2014. During Hugh’s tenure the Committee has raised the number of annual rewards to 20 students. This year Hugh is joined in the chairmanship with Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66. The Half Century Trojans are grateful for the dedicated service of the Scholarship Chairs and Committees.


Words of Appreciation

“I am a rising senior studying Global Health with minors in Public Relations and Consumer Behavior. I will also be pursuing a progressive degree in the Master of Health Administration through the Price School of Public Policy. My grandfather, Tsukasa Saneto completed his degree at USC in 1949, five years after his release from the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. For my family, my grandfather’s USC degree held the key to re-starting his life and recovering from the turmoil of the war. Although my ojisan passed when I was a baby, receiving the Half Century Trojan scholarship allows me to feel connected with my family’s history and celebrate my grandfather’s accomplishments.”
—Justin Kawaguchi, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a rising senior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music studies in classical piano and my parents and grandparents are graduates of USC. Since joining the Trojan Family, I have formed a student volunteer organization called Medicinal Music Makers and the organization’s goal is to perform and 3D print musical instruments for its patients, their families, and hospital staff. During this pandemic, I have shifted the organization to a virtual, online platform where people are able to view musical performances online, whenever they want to. I sincerely appreciate the financial support and recognition of the Half Century Scholarship toward my future goals of serving the medical community.”
—Valerie Narumi, Class of 2021 (Dornsife)

“From start to finish, my experience with the Half Century Trojans has been remarkable and extremely rewarding to my career aspirations and personal development. Being a graduating senior with a B.S. in Human Development and Aging, I look forward to helping create a world where everyone can age with dignity, autonomy, and retained individuality. I know that my studies at USC have prepared me to accomplish this, and I could not be more thankful to the Half Century Trojans for allowing me the financial leverage to pursue this passion in an incredibly important field. Four generations of my family are Trojans, and we all thank you so much for allowing me this privilege! You are truly a testament to the Trojan Family!”
—Shannon Hennessy, Class of 2020 (Gerontology)

“The unbelievable support of the Half Century Trojans at USC has allowed for me to graduate from the school of my dreams without the burden of student debt. Over these past four years, I have been able to conduct research in the Child Interviewing Lab in our Gould School of Law, lead countless tours of campus with the USC Admission Center, and co-found a volunteering organization on campus which provides complimentary beauty makeovers to men and women in senior homes; without your organization’s encouragement, I would not have had the means to pursue these activities that have so deeply changed my life. As I exit USC as a fourth generation Trojan with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a double minor in Forensics & Criminality and Individuals, Societies, & Aging, I am thrilled to be moving to Chicago in the fall as I begin working towards my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity. Fight On Forever!”
—Samantha Hardy, Class of 2020 (Dornsife)

“I am entering my sophomore year as a Dornsife student majoring in Narrative Studies. I’m ecstatic to embark on my second year as a member of both the Trojan Marching Band and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I am extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather (USC Class of ’49), and I am so humbled by the support of the Half Century Trojans who not only celebrate my family’s Trojan past, but are actively nurturing my future.”
—Jordan Evans, Class of 2022 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in business administration with emphasis in real estate finance. I am directly connected to USC through my great-grandmother, Thelma Estes Brown, as well as indirectly through my parents who are diehard Trojans and always took me to USC football games growing up. The HCT Scholarship means an incredible amount to me, and I fully intend to pay it forward! The HCT Scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden on my family and allow me to better pursue my many passions, for which I am extremely grateful.”
—Grant Uberstine, Class of 2021 (Marshall)

“I am a junior majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and also currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Global Medicine. I come from a long line of Trojans—my great-grandfather graduated from USC in 1923; both of my grandparents met at USC and graduated in 1951; and I have two uncles who graduated from USC in the ’70s. As a transfer student, I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have been chosen for the HCT Scholarship, and I feel so lucky to be at such an amazing institution which has quickly grown to be my home.”
—Marissa Anderson, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a junior studying business and economics at USC. My Trojan connection is through my grandfather, Edward “Ted” May, who received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC in 1955, as well as his master’s degree in science and engineering in 1967. The HCT Scholarship has truly helped create a ‘Trojan Family,’ as my earning it has allowed my parents to afford sending my younger sister to USC as well—she is beginning her Trojan journey this fall.”
—Nick Basch, Class of 2021 (Marshall)


Executive Committee Officers
Robert A. Frinier ’63, MBA ’69, President
Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64, President-Elect
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Past-President
Patricia “Patti” Chan Poon ’65, Recording Secretary
Trish Foley Vick ’67, Corresponding Secretary

Executive Committee Chairs
Jay Vari Berger ’66, Ambassador Communication
Neil B. Martin ’64, Bylaws and Policy
Robert Padgett MD ’67, History Committee
Hugh Helm ’62, Scholarship Committee
Robert Brockmeier ’63, Signature Events
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65, Special Events Committee
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, Nominations Committee
Trish Foley Vick ’67,  Awards Committee

Paul Alwine ’62
Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66
Dee Dee Moffat Freeman Brewer ’61
Karen Mazepink Davison ’68
Sharon Monahan DeBriere ’55
Candy Allen Duncan ’52
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65
Sue Masi Femino ’61
Miller Fong ’64
Donald K. Garner ’66
Karen Weston Hackett ’68
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Violet Albarian Lorenzen ’51
Jim Manos ’54
Mary Kotsikos Manos ’58
Katherine Mosley Moore ’55
Bob Padgett ’67
Wilma Pinder ’62
Derald Sidler ’67
Charla Tindall ’67
Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ’63
Joan Proulx Torribio ’64
Doug Yarrow ’68
Candy Yee ’68

Past Presidents
Daniel Cassidy ’59
Jim Childs ’61
Jim Maddux ’56
Abe Somer ’59, JD ’62

Presidents Emeriti
Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure.
Dann V. Angeloff ’58
Jea Morf Baran ’48
Seymour Canter ’55
Edsel Curry ’48
Janet Ewart Eddy ’53
Jim Eddy ’52
Millie Carmen Farnsworth ’46
Terry Pearson ’53
Lorna Young Reed ’58
Albert D. Shonk ’54

University Advisor 
Tanya Moran
Associate Director, Generational Programs
USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.


Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

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